Technics headphones return to mark 40th anniversary of SL-1200 turntable

Technics headphones

Panasonic is to re-release its popular line of Technics Pro DJ headphones to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the iconic SL-1200 turntable, which launched in October 1972.

A favourite amongst DJs, the RP-DH1250 and the RP-DJ1205 headphones will be left pretty much untouched on the inside but will now come in “sleek new packaging”.

The headphones promise top-notch sound quality alongside a flexible design that enables you to twist both earphones, ideal for amateur and pro DJs alike.

Water-resistant and with a closed-back design, the Technics RP-DH1250 and the RP-DJ1205 headphones offer 3,500 mW power handling capacity and claims a 5Hz-30kHz frequency response to deliver high volume with minimal distortion.

A 24k gold-plated stereo plug is bundled with the cans, reducing signal loss and adding a nice aesthetic touch.

Currently available for pre-order on in the US, the RP-DH1250 has been listed at $270 with the RP-DJ1205 priced at $230, with both due out in October 2012. We're waiting on news of a UK release from Panasonic.

The Technics SL-1200 series of turntables was launched in October 1972 by Matsushita, which became the Panasonic brand, under the Technics name, and finally discontinued in 2010.

Originally released as a hi-fi record player it quickly became the industry standard among radio and later club DJs, thanks to the direct drive high torque motor design, which made it robust and reliable.

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Joe Cox
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Joe is Content Director for T3 and What Hi-Fi?, having previously been the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across the print magazine and website for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features on everything from turntables to TVs, headphones to hi-fi separates. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung; reported from CES, the Bristol Show, and Munich High End for many years; and written for sites such as the BBC, Stuff, and the Guardian. In his spare time, he enjoys expanding his vinyl collection and cycling (not at the same time).